Nestled on the southern Aegean coast of the Bodrum Peninsula, facing the Greek Island of Kos is the Turkish town of Bodrum. Featuring a notably predominant artistic and intellectual recent history, the area is currently growing, adopting a variety of European expats attracted to the climate, lifestyle and investment potential of the area.
Historically known as Halicarnassus of Caria, the town of Bodrum has a long, largely peaceful history based around the port area. For many years the port of Bodrum was the most important in the region, yet these days the area is more aimed towards yachting tourism and fishing.
The Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world was constructed in Bodrum. Many of the marble blocks used in its construction were later used to fortify the Bodrum Castle where they can still be seen today. Constructed in the 15th century the Bodrum Castle, also known as the Castle of St. Peter, is a prominent landmark of the town and one of the last remaining examples of Crusader architecture. A further attraction of the Bodrum Castle is the inclusion of an Underwater Archaeology Museum and hosting for events such as cultural festivals throughout the year.
For many years Bodrum remained a quiet fishing village, only receiving an influx of new residents in the 1950s. Developing as a preferred holiday and second home destination for many people of an artistic background, groups of poets, writers, singers and artists began to flock to the town. Retaining this appeal, Bodrum today has a population of around 40,000 and is renowned throughout the country for its artistic features.
The recent influx of foreign residents has been attracted to the appealing lifestyle and real estate investment potential. Not only foreign investment is flooding into the town, but Turkish nationals are also keen to obtain a holiday home in the area. Tourism is growing in the town, with golfing and yachting holding great appeal due to the delightful year round weather. Featuring a typically Mediterranean climate, Bodrum benefits from mild winter months with low rainfall, and long pleasant summers. Average temperatures are from 14ºC to 32ºC, enabling an ideal holiday destination within a short distance from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
The international marinas of Bodrum are gaining popularity from yachtsmen from around the world. The popularity of the touristic centre of Bodrum town provides an ideal holiday within a holiday for yachting tourists, growing to become a renowned centre for boating and tourism. The stunning coastline with miles of beaches, bays and coves to explore make every voyage relaxing and enjoyable.
Additional golf courses are being planned for the Bodrum area due to the popularity and large demand for further golfing opportunities in the region. Currently housing several golf courses, tourism in this sector is set to boom in the coming years, along with the growth and demand of front line golf properties for the real estate market.
Accessing the local area is increasingly easy as Bodrum has both an international and a domestic airport, receiving daily flights from across Europe during the summer months. The winter schedule is a bit lighter, yet accessibility to the town is never hindered due to the short distance and daily scheduled flights to and from near-by Istanbul.